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Friday, October 7, 2016

How Do You Know You Have High Blood Sugar? -- 6 Signs To Look For

Your body often tells you when it is sick. The key is to listen and to understand what your body is telling you. Some symptoms such as an increase in urination could easily be ignored as just a sign of getting older. But it could also be telling you that you have high blood sugar.

The danger of high blood sugar

When your blood sugar rises, you risk complications such as damage to blood vessels and nerves. This can lead to loss of vision, kidney disease, and nerve problems throughout the body. High blood sugar (glucose) happens when your body does not maintain a normal blood sugar level. This condition should never be ignored.

Here are 6 signs to look for:

  1. Blurred vision - high blood sugar levels causes the lens of the eye to swell, making vision blurry.
  2. Frequent urination - this is usually caused by increased thirst. As a result, when blood sugar is high, the body directs excess fluid to the kidneys, causing you to urinate more often.
  3. Dry mouth/dehydration - if you're drinking more water because you are dehydrated, this is a sign of high blood sugar.
  4. Fatigue - fatigue and the inability to focus is another sign of high blood sugar. High blood sugar is due to the body not making enough insulin, so the body is not properly fueled, thus, fatigue.
  5. Wounds that don't heal - when blood sugar is high, arteries stiffen and blood vessels narrow, decreasing blood flow throughout the body, including to wounds, slowing the healing process.
  6. Weight loss - weight loss is good, but not when it is caused by high blood sugar. If you are not doing anything specifically to loose weight, it could be caused by high blood sugar.

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